First time visitor
We went as two couples. All in early 60's. Food and service outstanding and attractive decor. Too noisy for comfortable socializing, even in room to the left. Especially good for having just opened. Server well informed on menu and first-rate wine list. Management attentive. Wish them much success.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
upscale restaurant bar
The Refinery is set to impress with impeccably friendly service, delicious food, and unique drinks. The ambiance is definitely classier than what you'd expect in a neighborhood bar. We thought the mussels and oysters were the best we've had in about three years. If you prefer more of a restaurant vibe then go early. Conversely, if you want a social bar scene then go later. The Refinery is upscale regardless what time you go.
7/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great addition to Wells St!
Great spot to dine with friends-the food was spot on and the service was impeccable!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Off to a nice start!
Service was friendly and polished. We loved the Deviled Eggs, Gazpacho, Duck Liver Mousse and the Crispy Duck Breast. The Grilled Octopus had great flavor but was a bit too rubbery. The Chocolate Pretzel Bar was fantastic! The place was less crowded than I thought it would be on a Saturday around 6:30pm, doesn't seem like the word is out yet that they're open. Nice addition to the neighborhood.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a group of 5 and each and every plate, app and cocktail that came to the table was outstanding.
Everyone was pleased with their food and service was impeccable.
I can't wait to dine here again.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Standout in Oldtown
Perfect dinner spot- pleasing to our span of generations- the mom and college senior son :)
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service is impressive (friendly, but not obnoxious), the décor is attractive, the food delectable (for the most part), and the menu is creative. The only negative from the experience is that the octopus was over-cooked. They were accepting of the feedback, and I would still definitely recommend everything else!
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a great evening and
I had a great evening and the quality of the food far surpassed by expectations as did the drinks menu.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The refinery was very good and I would go again. The menu was the right size, enough for different options, but not overwhelming. Three of us shared poutine, broccoli salad, Brie plate, deviled eggs and the lamb burger. Everything tasted good, the lamb burger was cooked just right. The prevention of every plate really set this restaurant apart from others in the neighborhood. The drink menu wasn't anything special, but we each had a cocktail that we enjoyed.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty addition to Wells St scene
Had some really good dishes. A gal in the group called the crispy brie a PMS fantasy. Their frites are addictive. A nice new gastropub and the sidewalk seating this time of year is perfect...
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food in great setting
Pork belly outstanding salmon always excellent, poutine that will get you off your diet. Perfect service by Christy.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderfull dinner
We had a wonderfull dinner here. The oysters were fresh and delicious and the Octopus was prepared perfectly. The barramunda is highly Recommended. The filet was prepared exactly how we asked and was worth the asking price.
Our server was very attentive and gave us samples of any of the wines and beers we had questions on which is always a plus so you order the right thing. We will definitely be back!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was delicious. I love the fact that they change their menu seasonally too. Definitely will be going back.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic service and incredible food! Both the barramundi and the scallop dishes were perfectly cooked, with a nice sear and rich moist texture.
And if that weren't enough, their pastry chef was ranked in the top 5 in the world. Her handmade candies and chocolate cassava cake were incredible. We could easily see coming to The Refinery just for drinks and dessert.
Just go! You won't regret it.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this place and have been coming here regularly since it opened. So often that the staff is probably tired of seeing me. (Although, if they are, I wouldn't be able to tell because everyone at the restaurant is incredibly nice and welcoming.)
But, I should get to what people really care about: the food! Some of my favorites:
Small: the carpaccio, oysters, poutine, and octopus.
Large: roasted duck
Dessert: everything? But specifically, the warm sticky toffee pudding and the pretzel bar. PLUS, the amazing candy.
Drink: Paddy Bauler with bourbon cherries.
Overall, I love this restaurant, and every single time I bring people in here, they love it too. I get credit for a great meal, and I didn't have to cook a thing! :)
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good First Visit
Going to keep this simple. They clearly have the kitchen running well now and our food was excellent. Mussels, crudo, pork belly, scallops - all very well done. Service and timing was well done too. Finally on the food front - the desserts were incredible. The Chocolate Pretzel Bar and the candies were a great finish to our meal. I will end with two points - first, I agree with other reviews that the food is over-priced. Our bill without any alcohol was simply too high for this category of restaurant. Second, I think those that wrote early reviews and gave this place a poor rating need to stop back in as it is clearly operating at a higher level than early reviews would have the reader believe.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Time at The Refinery
Very nice experience! Good food, attentive wait staff. Will definitely go back!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great new spot in Old Town
Great new spot in Old Town that fits a niche that hadn't been filled by the noisy bars. The food is high quality and great flavors, glad they make seasonal changes to keep things interesting. Wine list is also very reasonably priced!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Friendly and Fun
The Refinery was a relaxed, casual atmosphere with delicious food. We tried the deviled eggs (made with truffle oil - yum!), grilled eggplant toast, scallops, and grilled pork belly. All four dishes were delightful. We each had 2 glasses of wine that paired well with the meal. The staff was very friendly, attentive (my water glass was constantly filled), and they offered up recommendations with no pressure. To top off the meal, we each received a complimentary piece of pumpkin spice fudge that was delicious. I wish I had more of it! The first appearance of the restaurant was an upscale bar (which would lead me to expect more pub food) but it was not the case. Something to keep in mind when going there, but definitely worth recommending!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
It has it all
Refinery has been a good restaurant for our dinners, but it's obvious that they're a lot more than just a restaurant. A lot of people are there to meet up for drinks and for celebrations. It's a classy place to watch sports and do some quality people watching. That's not quite MY intention for going to a restaurant so I prefer to go early before the bar wakes up for the night.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I cannot say enough about the sophisticated menu and the excellent service. My husband and I cannot wait to repeat our visit to continue trying the rest of the wonderful things on the menu. The pate was exquisite, the roasted chicken delicious, the fish was prepared in the most delicate combination of flavors and texture.
We had the pleasure of having Erica help us through the menu. She was very knowledgeable and helpful. She took great care of us and made us feel at home. She is a gem!
Please do not pay any attention to the old reviews. My husband and I have lived in Downtown Chicago for over 30 years. We try all the new restaurants and eat out 3 to 4 times a week so we know good food!
Do not miss the pate!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love the large screen + throwback music videos at the bar; the food was far better than bar food. Definitely try the poutine.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent service, great food,
Excellent service, great food, perfect for our group of 7. We ate early, started around 6:00pm so we got lots of attention. The food came out warm and in a timely manner. I'd recommend the fish sliders and the Kale salad for starters, each of us had different entrees and enjoyed them. Thanks for a very nice dining experience. We are all sports fans so the big TV's in the bar area gave us the chance to watch Alabama lose to Auburn with the missed field goal run back for a TD. We had a great time.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM